Senator Bob Deuell

August 11, 2009
CONTACT: (512) 463-0102

Information on Annual Tax Holiday

AUSTIN — The 81st Legislature recently expanded the number of items that qualify for exemption from state and local sales and use taxes during this year's annual sales tax holiday. House Bill 1808 added 27 school supply items that, if priced less than $100, join clothes, footwear and some backpacks in being available tax-free to Texas families August 21 - 23.

“Most families are on tight budgets and it can be a real challenge to buy kids the clothes and supplies they need for a new school year,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “To help out, the Legislature has added many school supplies to the list of tax-free items during the sales tax holiday. The tax break on school supplies alone will save families nearly $9 million in state and local sales taxes this year.”

Among the new additions to the list of tax-exempt items are binders, calculators, notebooks, and lunch boxes.

"Families across the state are working hard to stretch their dollar and I hope this will ease the financial burden on some parents preparing their child for the upcoming school year," said State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville).

According to the Comptroller's office, Texas taxpayers have saved nearly $442 million since the inception of the August tax-free weekend in 1999. Additional information and a complete list of tax-exempt items can be found at

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